HAVING to quarantine after contact with someone with Covid could be scrapped and replaced with daily tests, scientists say.

Instead of staying cooped up at home for ten days, people exposed to coronavirus could live as normal while taking tests for five days.

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If they are negative with each lateral flow test, they would potentially never need to isolate.

The method could cut transmission by 50 per cent and would prevent people having to take social and financial hits while isolating.

The study by the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases said in the Lancet: “The increasing availability of testing, particularly rapid, lateral flow tests opens up the possibility of shorter periods of quarantine.”


Experts believe a reduced isolation period would see more people sticking to the rules.

Billy Quilty, joint author, said: “Daily rapid tests for at least five days may allow for the quarantine requirement to be removed entirely

“This strategy may allow for essential workers to continue working if exposed but not infected.”

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